Tracy Lawrence will officially release his new single, “Stop, Drop and Roll,” on October 30 from his new album, Headlights, Taillights and Radios, set to be released in the spring of 2013. The song was written by Casey Beathard and Brandon Kinney.
The single has already received a great response from fans. Tracy’s label, LMG, first posted the song on YouTube as a sneak peek. “This album is different than anything we have ever done before with Tracy from recording to release,” Alex Torrez, Vice President of Business Relations, said. “We want the fans to be involved and have a voice in the process leading up to the release.”
Listen to “Stop, Drop and Roll” below: Continue Reading
CMA congratulates this year's crop of artist/songwriters on receiving a Triple Play Award at this year's CMA Songwriters Luncheon. Pictured (l-r): Steve Moore (CMA CEO), Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, Victoria Shaw (songwriter and Chair of CMA's Community Outreach & Education Committee), Taylor Swift, Alan Jackson, and Gary Overton (CMA Board President). Photo credit: John Russell / CMA
It was three cheers for three No. 1s at the annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon with the presentation of the CMA Triple Play Awards, which honor songwriters who pen three chart-topping hits in a 12 month period.
The Triple Play Awards were presented at the Second Annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon, which was held at the Pinnacle at Symphony Place in Nashville and attended by several artist/songwriters including Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban in addition to hit tunesmiths from ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, as well as songwriter members of CMA, NSAI, and representatives of some of the most successful publishers in Music City.
In alphabetical order, the recipients of CMA’s Triple Play Award included: Continue Reading
Darius Rucker photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Darius Rucker and The Band Perry released albums on the same day, and now they’re appearing on the same show, joining host Nan Kelley on this weekend’s edition of GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown.
The Band Perry’s self-titled debut album came out on Tuesday, featuring the group’s first Top 20 hit, “Hip To My Heart,” as well as its current ballad, “If I Die Young,” which has already become the trio’s first gold single. “If I Die Young” is No. 15 on this week’s Top 20.
The new Darius album, Charleston, SC 1966, was also released on Tuesday, and it contains a successful single of its own, “Come Back Song.” If you saw the title before you actually heard the song, you might have thought it was about a veteran musician’s career. Which means Darius and his co-writers, Casey Beathard and Chris Stapleton, succeeded in their attempts to twist the meaning.
Darius Rucker photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Darius Rucker knows what it’s like to be on a roll. He’s done it twice.
In 1995, he was a co-writer and the lead singer on four hits from one pop album as a member of Hootie + The Blowfish. In 2008, he was a co-writer and the singer on four hits from one album once again — but this time, it was his debut project as a country artist.
Does he have to do something different to write country songs?
Trace Adkins (center) with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and his wife, Anne, at the Nashville Chapter of the Recording Academy® Grammy Nominee party. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy® 2009. Photograph by Rick Diamond/WireImage.com.
A year ago, Trace Adkins picked up his first-ever Grammy nomination for “You’re Gonna Miss This,” and he made a big deal out of it, heading off to Los Angeles to be part of the festivities surrounding the night.
As a first-timer, he hadn’t counted on the sheer volume of the event, and it wasn’t quite what he expected. The Country Music Association annually gives out 14 awards — most of them on its live telecast. But the Grammys, with more than 100 categories, distributes the bulk of its trophies in the hours leading up to the broadcast. A lot of the nominees — particularly those will be featured on TV — don’t even bother to attend the pre-telecast ceremony. Trace discovered that he’d gotten all dressed up for an event that didn’t feel quite so eventful.
This year, he picked up a second Grammy nomination, for “All I Ask For Anymore.” But if he should win on Sunday, someone will have to call him to let him know about it. He’ll be performing that night in Fairfax, Va., with Martina McBride and Sarah Buxton on the Shine All Night Tour.
Trace Adkins photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
It’s a good time to be Trace Adkins. He sang with Toby Keith during their concert dates this year; he’s currently touring with Martina McBride in the Shine All Night Tour; he’s got a role in “Tough Trade,” a new series for the video-on-demand and online service EPIX; and he’s the inspiration for the Luke McBain comic book.
Distributors sold out the first McBain issue in a mere 48 hours. The second in the four-issue series comes out Dec. 16.